Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
August 10 - 27, 2005

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Here we are on the bus ready to go to our first location, the Arch at St. Louis. This is our first full day and we are all eager for a fun and educational day. ok

The Jefferson National Memorial Museum at St. Louis is a wonderful experience. some of us went up in the arch, others saw the Imax movie "Great Journey West", from National Geographics. While Lewis and Clark are prominent here, the museum is called "The Museum of Westward Expansion", and the whole story is told, from L&C, through the Fur Trade, Oregon Trail, Setlement. The building is filled with wonderful images and three-dimensional figures of all kinds. Here's one of our group posing with the prominent grizzly bear

This is a great bas-relief mural depicting all the various people and trades involved in building this unique Monument to the dream.

Below is our Instructor, Tom Laidlaw, and next to him is the Basilica of Saint Louis the King, on the grounds of the Memorial. It was the first church in St. Louis. This is about the fourth generation.

A Great view of the Old Courthouse from the top of the arch.

 

continue on to August 11b for our visit to old St. Charles

 

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